The ultimate comfort food!

Irish Colcannon

Mashed potatoes—Whatever amount fills your needs.

Cabbage or kale—Sliced and steamed. To cook place in a covered pot with a small amount of water, salt, and a knob of butter. Cook until tender.

A bunch of scallions—sliced

Ham chunks or cooked, crumbled bacon bits (Optional)

Mash your potatoes with milk or cream & butter. Add scallions and cooked cabbage. Salt & pepper to taste. Add meat and stir until well blended. Plop in bowls and top with knobs of butter.

Each family needs are different so make the quantities you need to fill your families’ bellies with what is, the ultimate comfort food. It’s simple and delicious.

Irish Poem

“Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream? With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream. Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake of the creamy, flavored butter that your mother used to make? Oh, you did, so you did, so did he and so did I. And the more I think about it, sure, the nearer I’m to cry. Oh, weren’t them the happy days when troubles we had not, and our mothers made Colcannon in the little skillet pot.”

This soup chocked full of veggies and super good. I hope you try it!

Tortilla Soup

Two shallots (minced)
Two cloves of minced garlic
Two tablespoons of olive oil
Two cans of black beans (drained and rinsed)
Two cans of diced tomatoes (not drained)
Two cups of frozen corn
Two cups of chicken stock
One can of mild green chilies (optional)
One avocado (sliced)
Salt, pepper, and a pinch of cumin to taste
Cilantro (optional) I know some folks don’t like it. I do!

Corn or flour tortillas cut into half-inch strips and fried crispy in veggie oil, then salted while still warm. I personally like the flour tortillas. You can use store-bought chips too. I like to warm these in the oven before serving.

I sauté the shallots and garlic in olive oil. Then add the beans, tomatoes, corn, stock, and chilies. Simmer. Salt, pepper, and cumin to taste. I top each bowl with slices of avocados and tortilla strips. Makes four hearty servings. You can add a dollop of sour cream to the center of the bowl.

When I opened my avocado to slice it and place on top, the darn thing was not in the best of shape. No avocado on this bowl. Always remember, presentation is an important element of any meal.